Part of speech: adverb


Part of speech: noun


Part of speech: adjective

Expressing a subdued sadness; mournful.

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Usage examples "plaintive":

  1. She finally led us to an old well, and we heard the plaintive voice of her young lamb that had fallen in. - "The Human Side of Animals", Royal Dixon.
  2. She was conscious of steadily pursuing footsteps behind her, but she did not turn to look until the feet came nearer and nearer and a soft plaintive voice called, " Oh, Miss Dimple, stop, please stop." - "A Sweet Little Maid", Amy E. Blanchard.
  3. Far up the street I heard laughter, then a plaintive, sustained howling, then more laughter, drawing nearer and nearer. - "The Reckoning", Robert W. Chambers.